BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Junior Liam Maxwell tallied 19 kills and four digs, but Belmont Abbey dropped a 3-0 (25-20, 25-22, 25-21) decision to King Saturday afternoon in Conference Carolinas men's volleyball action.
The Crusaders, who are in the middle of five matches in nine days, fall to 9-7, 4-5, while King improves to 12-8, 8-2.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Maxwell finished the contest with a .250 hitting percentage, registering just two errors in 48 attempts. He inched closer to becoming just the second player in school history to reach 1,000 career kills, standing at 996 after the match.
- Brian Long added seven kills with Andrew Kohut chipping in six.
- Brennan Davis totaled 36 assists and six digs, while Collin Lockwood also shared the team lead in digs with six.
- Each team had one ace, but the Crusaders registered 19 service errors to the Tornado's five.
- In the opening set, King pulled away from a 5-5 tie with three straight points that started a 5-1 run. After The Abbey closed to 10-7, the Tornado tallied four of the next five points en route to a 25-20 win.
- A 4-0 King run in the middle of the second broke a 13-13 tie, but the Crusaders rallied to within 23-22 with a 5-2 run. However, the hosts closed out the set with back-to-back points.
- Belmont Abbey opened an 11-4 lead in the third, but King stormed back to tie the score at 14. The teams played even until 20-20 when two straight points started a 5-1 spurt that ended the match.
- Belmont Abbey closes out it busy stretch with two matches in as many days. The Crusaders host NJIT in the Wheeler Center on Monday for a 3 p.m. matinee, then welcome Lees-McRae at 7 p.m. on Tuesday night.